UN treaty on access to environment information enters into force

A new international law - described by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as "the most ambitious venture in environmental democracy undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations" - entered into force today following its ratification by 17 members of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).

Governments to finalize procedures making Kyoto Protocol 'fully operational'

The world's governments are to converge on Marrakech, Morocco, at the end of this month to finalize the procedures and institutions needed to make the Kyoto Protocol fully operational, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced today.

Urgent action needed to save Black Sea, UN environment agency says

An international team of scientists is warning that one of the world's greatest seas - the Black Sea - is spiralling into decline as a result of chronic over-fishing, high levels of pollution and the devastating impacts of alien species, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement issued today at its Headquarters in Nairobi.

UN official urges focus on root causes of civil unrest that can lead to terrorism

The world must tackle international terrorism as well as the forces of poverty, environmental degradation and hatred that give birth to intolerance and can lead to fundamentalism and terrorist acts, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

West Africa's sea turtles in danger of over-exploitation, treaty body warns

With a new study showing that some of the most important feeding and nesting sites of West Africa's sea turtles were under threat, officials from the United Nations environment agency and an affiliated international treaty body have called for urgent efforts to protect the reptiles.

3 UN agencies team up to offer free internet access to chemical safety documents

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that thousands of chemical safety documents are now available free on the Internet - a development which will help countries to fulfil UN environment goals.

Environment ministers converge in Bonn for talks on UN climate change treaty

High-level talks on a United Nations climate change treaty began today as environment ministers converged in Bonn to examine how to make operational the Kyoto Protocol, which contains binding targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

UN environment agency seeks synergies between trade and environment rules

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened a one-day meeting in Geneva today to identify steps for ensuring that global trade rules and international environmental treaties become fully compatible.

UN warns of growing environmental threat posed by industrialization in Arctic

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today that by the year 2050, up to 80 per cent of the Arctic would be affected by mining, oil exploration, and other man-made impacts if the industrialization of one of the world's last wilderness areas continued at current rates.

On World Environment Day, UN launches global effort to assess ecosystems

Marking World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve the planet's resources, the United Nations today launched the first comprehensive global effort to evaluate the world's major ecosystems.